Weight-Loss Pills vs. Weight-Loss Injections: What Works Best?

There are many weight-loss medication options available, but what are the most effective pills or injectables? While weight-loss drugs and injectables can be an effective short-term strategy, the long-term success and tolerance for side effects of these medications is still being researched.

Weighing the Differences

Studies show that injectable medications usually provide better weight-loss results compared to oral medications. Injectables have been available for the last decade while oral medications have been available since the 1960’s.   

Oral Medication

Weight-loss pills have long been a popular choice for those seeking a convenient and non-invasive method to shed excess pounds. They include Qsymia, Orlistat, Contrave, and Plenity. Depending on the medication, they are taken either once, twice, or three times a day. These medications work by suppressing a person's appetite, controlling food cravings, and/or blocking the absorption of fat from foods. Weight loss varies depending on the medication.

Injectable Medication

A significant advantage of weight-loss injectables, like Wegovy, Ozempic, Mounjaro, and  Saxenda, is the potential for faster weight-loss results. Injectable drugs imitate the GLP-1 hunger hormone, which helps reduce food intake, appetite and hunger, and promotes a feeling of fullness and satiety. Mounjaro also targets the GIP receptor, which stimulates satiety in the hypothalamus.

Injectable medications tend to be far more expensive compared to oral medication, especially if you don’t have insurance coverage for weight loss medication. Injectable medication tends to be very beneficial for patients who are both obese and have either prediabetes or diabetes. However, some of the major side effects that users cite include nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal issues, and dizziness.

Choosing the Right Option

Deciding between weight-loss pills and injectables ultimately depends on individual preferences, health considerations, and lifestyle factors. While weight-loss pills offer convenience and accessibility, injectables provide a potentially faster approach to achieving desired results.

Before embarking on any weight-loss journey, it is crucial to consult with doctors at a proven medical weight-loss program. These professionals can assess individual health needs, recommend suitable options, and monitor for potential side effects. Additionally, a comprehensive approach that includes a balanced diet, regular physical activity, and behavioral changes is often the most effective strategy for sustainable weight loss.

New York Bariatric Group: Weight Loss Leader 

New York Bariatric Group’s doctor-supervised medical weight loss program is committed to patient safety and well-being. Patients benefit from regular monitoring and follow-up appointments. This ongoing supervision allows doctors to make necessary adjustments to a patient’s treatment plan based on their progress and any changes in their health status. It ensures that the weight loss journey is personalized and optimized for each individual, leading to more effective outcomes.

New York Bariatric Group is a leader in long-term weight-loss solutions. Their bariatric practice is the best around and they have the numbers to prove it:

  • Over 30 surgeons who are leaders in bariatrics, plastic surgery, veins, and medical weight loss
  • 42,000 successful procedures performed, with more every day
  • The #1 gastric balloon practice by volume – most balloons placed in the United States
  • Access to online seminars, support groups, cooking demos, and Q-and-A sessions
  • 100s of videos for patients explaining procedures, answering common questions, and showcasing previous patients
  • Multiple offices located in three states; NY, NJ, CT
  • Since 2000, we boast over 23 years of success!

All of our hospitals are Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) accredited facilities, which is a prestigious designation bestowed upon only the top-quality bariatric programs.

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Weight-Loss Pills vs. Weight-Loss Injections: What Works Best?


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